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Regional Development Minister congratulates Irish language learners

24 February, 2011

Regional Development Minister, Conor Murphy, today congratulated DRD staff for successfully completing the second set of Departmental Irish language courses.

Awarding certificates to the staff, the Minister said: “I welcome the fact that staff in my Department have taken the time to learn or improve their Irish. These classes have been a success and I remain committed to making departmental services accessible to members of the Irish speaking community.”

He added: “Since 2007, my Department has made significant progress in fulfilling commitments in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages to protect and promote the Irish language. As well as the Irish classes, we currently use Irish in our advertising, and make information leaflets, application forms and parts of publications available in Irish. We have also created a multilingual section on the main DRD website, to provide key information on departmental functions in Irish.

“The Department and its associated bodies continue to explore ways of presenting their business in new and innovative ways to the Irish Language community. Our achievements have been recognised. In the past year we have received two awards: in Dublin we received one for outstanding use of Irish by a government agency at the Top 50 Business as Gaeilge Awards; and we recently won the Big Business category in the Gaelgradam Loch Lao awards.

“The lunchtime training classes in Irish will help my staff to deal with any queries we receive in Irish from members of the public. Due to the high level of interest, a further set of courses is underway. I look forward to their continued success.”

Notes to editors:

1. Sixteen learners at Beginner level and seven at Intermediate level received certificates from the Minister to honour their completion of the 12 week lunchtime courses, which were provided by tutors from Glór na Móna.

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